Bills select USC CB Cary Harris at No. 183

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New Buffalo Bills CB Cary Harris (photo source)

With the No. 183 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected USC CB Cary Harris.

Here's the deal - the Bills entered this draft process with the knowledge that they had eight defensive backs entering the final year (or two years) of their contracts.  At cornerback, that list includes starter Terrence McGee, Ashton Youboty and recent signee Drayton Florence.

Cary Harris is an experienced player coming from a great football team, having started for the past three seasons at USC.  His measurables won't excite you - he's skinny (5'11", 187 pounds) and his straight-line speed is lacking (4.59-second 40 yard dash).  But in terms of cornerbacks available this year, Harris ranks amongst the most physical.  He's smart and aggressive.  There isn't an abundance of ball skills with Harris (5 career INT, 8 career pass breakups), but he will play well in a zone scheme and can defend the run well.

And, as is custom with late-round players drafted to the Bills, Harris offers some special teams value.

This is another solid-value late-round pick by the Bills.  Buffalo will make one more selection, No. 220 overall in the seventh round.  Stay tuned - the 2009 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching its close!

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